One of the easiest ways to refresh an old blazer is to change out the buttons. Today, we're taking a cue from Louis Vuitton's retro A/W '12 runway and giving a mustard-yellow blazer a vintage flair, just by adding diamond and pearl buttons. In just a few simple DIY steps you'll have a unique blazer all your own!
The trans-seasonal months give us Aussie shoppers reason to rejoice. During these change-over months, our favourite international chain stores are stocking new season gems designed with the shift from Summer to Winter in mind, but that luckily work just as well for our transition into Spring. No more shopping out of season! Zara's August look book is full of such trans-seasonal treats; think lightweight tweed toppers, slick leather shorts, pearl-embellished blouses and peplumed tees. If you're Melbourne-based we suggest you pop into Zara's fourth Australian foothold at Chadstone shopping centre (it opened just yesterday!) and see for youself if these goodies are on the racks yet.
On a red carpet filled with feminine dressing (like Jessica Biel in petal-pink Dior), Sophia Bush was a stand-out in a slick, tux-inspired look at yesterday's LA premiere of Total Recall. The actress suited up with the coolest take on menswear, slipping into a pair of leather skinnies and topping the look with a crisp white IRO blazer, then finished with just the right dose of sex appeal via a pair of pointed Louboutin pumps and a hint of black lace peeking out from an easy white tank. This insanely chic look — right down to Sophia's slicked-back ponytail — gets our vote for best dressed last night; now we want to wear it.
Leave it to Kate Middleton to achieve that classic prepster look without having to go the popped-collar polo route. While she debuted a similar y, it's yesterday's blazer ensemble MondaOlympic equestrian-bound attire that caught our eye. Why? Kate utilized three preppy styling staples — a tailored navy-blue blazer, a striped top, and canvas cork wedges — to perfection, thus proving that an easy combination can instantly strike that nautical-inspired note so essential to cultivating a preppy look.
- To put your own spin on the off-to-the-races-meets-sailing vibe, just employ structured top layers (like a tuxedo-style blazer) with classic separates (stripes being the most obvious choice).
- Stick to a classic colour scheme — neutral tones, navy blues, cherry reds, and of course, crisp whites.
- Rather than opt for a boat shoe a cork wedge or espadrille will round out the outfit nicely.
Ready to emulate Kate's Olympics-day-four style? We've found similar so you can shop her look in a snap!
Will you be tuning in to watch Being Lara Bingle? We are kinda dying to see Lara Bingle's own reality show, so will setting the IQ for Tuesday June 12 for 8pm (Channel 10). The star of the show is in LA today , camera crew in tow, doing lunch before checking in at LAX. Given the swimwear model's knack for nailing the off-duty dress code, we were keen to see what Lara was wearing on her last day in the City of Angles. A midnight blue strapless jumpsuit, boyfriend blazer (worn off the shoulder) and a pair of cute but comfy brogues takes her from lunch meetings to first class check-in with ease. Get a better look at Lara's LA style inside. . .
Last week we had the pleasure to sit down with Gok Wan, Brit style guru and host of How To Look Good Naked. He's currently in Australia for his Style Tour with Westfield. Actually, you can find him in the flesh at Garden City, QLD, today between 12.30pm and 1.30pm — where he'll be working his makeover magic and spreading the word on what to wear this Winter. Between chatting about his big break, his take on Aussie style, and his numero uno jzushing tip (more on that later), Gok gave us his top five essential buys for the ultimate classic wardrobe. Step inside and see what you're missing. . .
Without question, a crisp white blazer is this season's freshest buy. But with such a stark statement piece, the task of styling it can be a bit tricky. That's where these street stylers come in. From ultra-feminine takes — think lace on lace and silky pyjama shorts — to classic boyfriend jean complements, the structured white blazer can be worn a multitude of ways, and we're prepared to deconstruct the approach for our own sartorial inspiration. Whether it be a slick leather pant or a bold yellow cocktail dress, this monochromatic staple bodes well for all occasions. Just click through the slideshow to see how each style setter outfits her white blazer.
A girl wouldn't think twice about topping off her look with a chic blazer today, but it was a different story back in 1966 when Yves Saint Laurent introduced the now iconic le smoking jacket to the fashion world. At first, editors and buyers didn't react well to Saint Laurent's collection; New York Times critic Gloria Emerson described his collection as "lumpy" and "outdated" and said Saint Laurent "strains too hard to convince the world he is hand-in-hand and eye-to-eye with the very young." However, fashion influencers like Catherine Deneuve, Liza Minnelli, Lauren Bacall, and Bianca Jagger immediately fell in love with Saint Laurent's daring menswear-inspired style, flaunting his designs all around Paris. "For a woman, le smoking is an indispensable garment with which she finds herself continually in fashion, because it is about style, not fashion," said Saint Laurent. "Fashions come and go, but style is forever." Fast forward to 2011 and it's safe to say that le smoking is here to stay. Shop our top ten edit.
When we think of signature style, the always chic, always cute Rachel Bilson tops our list. From running errands around town to hitting the red carpet, Bilson has never missed a fashion note. Her key piece? It's those cool blazers — Bilson has a special penchant toward the Vanessa Bruno variety — she keeps pairing with just about any ensemble. We can see why; blazers instantly inject a polished touch to Rachel's more casual daytime looks, and at the same time, we love how she tempers the menswear-inspired trend with girly dresses on the red carpet. Want to get the same looks? Just click the slideshow to see the ways Rachel wears her blazers and how to get the same look.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley stunned us day after day whilst on the Transformers press tour, and her ability to temper illegally sexy looks with understated elegance seems to be continuing with her latest look for a photo call for Burberry. Launching the latest Burberry Body fragrance at Macy's department store in New York City, RHW donned this chic taupe suit, which could've fallen into office attire territory on anyone else — but by wearing her low-cut blazer with nothing but a fine gold chain lariat necklace Rosie managed to sex-up this mannish look. Inspired by her covered up-but-alluring ensemble, we went hunting for five suits that we could give the same nothing-underneath-treatment to. Thanks ShopStyle Australia!